A jury in Cook County, Illinois, has awarded more than $29.5 million to a 28-year-old Chicago woman who suffered massive brain injuries when a passenger train she was riding on derailed in 2005. The Plaintiff was riding on a train that was traveling between Joliet and downtown Chicago in 2005, when it derailed, killing two people. The train was going 69 mph even though signals directed the engineer to slow the train to 10 mph to change tracks, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation. The engineer, who was suspended and later fired, finally admitted fault after extensive investigations revealed human error caused the derailment, not mechanical problems.
The railroad settled several other lawsuits — including two in which the commuter train service agreed to pay a total of $11 million to the estates of the two people killed – and before this trial had offered the Plaintiff more than $16 million. Metra has indicated it won’t appeal the jury’s verdict. The Plaintiff, who was pregnant when she was injured, requires extensive medical care and therapy. She uses a wheelchair, has no sense of smell or taste, and has severe body temperature control problems. Her baby was not hurt in the crash.
Daniel Kotin, a lawyer with Corboy & Demetrio, handled this case. His law firm represents 33 more people who were injured in the derailment. Metra has agreed to discuss settlements in all of those cases. It’s refreshing to see a corporate Defendant accepting responsibility and settling claims without playing hardball with claimants.
Source: Associated Press
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